Education

Edwardsburg High School to host drive-thru graduation

EDWARDSBURG — The administration at Edwardsburg High School held out as long as it could in hopes of having a “normal” graduation at Leo Hoffman ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Scott Novak.

Niles business owner looks to plan outdoor prom for area graduates

NILES — It is a milestone in any teenagers’ life, idolized by movies and photos of older siblings and parents in their own styles. The ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

LMC students earn spots on president’s, dean’s lists for spring semester

BENTON HARBOR — Lake Michigan College has announced the names of 671 students recognized for academic achievement during the spring 2020 semester. The president’s list ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Niles Cedar Lane, WAY, adult ed graduates honored in drive-thru ceremony

NILES — Sir Edward Elgar’s familiar “Pomp and Circumstance” played over speakers beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Niles Cedar Lane. Viking blue carpets ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

SMC awards 376 degrees to Class of 2020

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College awarded 376 degrees to the Class of 2020 at its virtual commencement June 13. SMC conferred 142 associate in arts ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Gov. Whitmer announces next steps for school reopening in the fall

LANSING — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan schools may resume in-person learning in phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan, with strict ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Graduating Viking named National Merit Finalist

NILES — As Michael Kauffmann, 17, embarked on enjoying his summer after graduating from Niles High School, the class valedictorian was not done acquiring achievements ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

SMC hosts virtual graduation

DOWAGIAC — “Resilience is in the DNA of Southwestern Michigan College,” President Dr. Joe Odenwald proclaimed June 13 during Southwestern Michigan College’s first virtual commencement ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

SMC Board of Trustees adopts 2020-21 budget

DOWAGIAC — Following a public hearing, the Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees, meeting remotely the morning of June 15, unanimously adopted 2020-21 fiscal-year budgets. ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

Legendary Evening postponed due to COVID-19 safety, funding

NILES — A fundraising event to help fund special projects in Niles Community Schools, and to recognize exemplary graduating seniors, has been canceled for this ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

SMC names student speaker for virtual graduation ceremony

DOWAGIAC — Anaya Roschyk, Southwestern Michigan College’s student speaker for the first virtual ceremony in its 53-year commencement history, was doubly impacted by COVID-19. The ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

Sister Lakes Elementary hosts summer send off

DOWAGIAC — Wednesday evening, the staff from Sister Lakes Elementary School gathered with social distancing to wave goodbye to the students. Parents and students stayed ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

SMC graduating 21 nurses

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College this spring sends 21 graduates into America’s largest health care profession, with more than 3.8 million registered nurses nationwide. The spring ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

MEC awards scholarships to students across southwest Michigan

CASSOPOLIS — Midwest Energy and Communications recently recognized the academic achievements, leadership and community involvement of four local students with its annual college scholarship program. ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Despite deficit, Cassopolis schools feel they are in good shape

CASSOPOLIS — The Cassopolis Board of Education found out at its annual budget hearing Monday night that it will finish the 2019-20 school year in ... Read more

1 month ago by Scott Novak.

SMC to open by appointment

DOWAGIAC — As Southwestern Michigan College gradually reopens physical spaces after the COVID-19 pandemic closed them on March 23, campuses will be open for visitors ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

SMC IT student awarded scholarship

DOWAGIAC — Miranda Gonzalez of Constantine, a Southwestern Michigan College information technology student, has been awarded a $2,000 2020-21 scholarship by the Michigan Council of ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Merritt Elementary hosts Summer Sendoff for students

NILES — Waves of cheers arose through the neighborhood surrounding Merritt Elementary School on Tuesday. As each car passed, teachers waved to and cheered for ... Read more

1 month ago by Christina Clark.

Brandywine renews administrator contracts for one year

NILES — Performance pay, administrative contracts and budgets were on the agenda for Monday’s Brandywine Board of Education meeting. Board members hosted the meeting virtually ... Read more

1 month ago by Debra Haight.

PHOTO STORY: SMC graduates pick up diplomas, gowns via drive-thru

Friday, Southwestern Michigan College students prepared for graduation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Friday morning, outside the SMC’s Dowagiac campus, packets containing diplomas/certificates, ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Buchanan Class of 2020 graduates at Redbud MX

BUCHANAN — Cars and trucks filled with proud family members filed into Redbud MX Friday evening. The gathering was not for the location’s famed motocross ... Read more

1 month ago by Christina Clark.

GALLERY: Edwardsburg sends students into summer with drive-by parade

EDWARDSBURG — Edwardsburg teachers, staff and administrators lined up in front of the middle and high school to send off their students on the final ... Read more

1 month ago by Scott Novak.

LMC, SMC plan virtual graduations

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Local community college graduates must forego a traditional commencement ceremony this year to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19 but they ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Michigan Townships Association offers scholarship to future local leaders

Delta Charter Township, Mich. — An annual scholarship designated for student leaders is now accepting applications across the state of Michigan. The Robert R. Robinson ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Niles Cedar Lane, WAY Program celebrate with mini parade

NILES — Students and educators have felt the sting of traditional graduation traditions being altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who sought alternative routes for ... Read more

1 month ago by Christina Clark.

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